- Associated Press - Thursday, July 20, 2017

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - Airplane travelers facing long security lines and overcrowded planes this summer can find comfort with a lick or a wagging tail at one Florida airport.

A black Labrador retriever is starting work as an airport ambassador on Thursday at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

The 10-year-old dog named Kuma will roam gates at the airport, offering comfort and brief companionship for travelers passing through the airport located on Florida’s Space Coast.

Kuma’s owners conveniently run a flight training school and a pilot-supply store at the airport.

Kuma received comfort-dog training, but the training was done at the airport to acclimate her to the sounds of airplane engines, large crowds and security lines.



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